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Sri Lanka: If This Is Not Genocide, Then What Is It?

By Brian Senewiratne –

Dr. Brian Senewiratne

Accountability for Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka!

For some inexplicable reason, there still seems to be a problem with the term ‘Genocide’. The word has been clearly defined in the UN Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the Genocide Convention).

It as adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1948 (coincidentally almost the same time that the newly independent Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then, had just decitizenised a million Plantation Tamils, one seventh of the population at that time, in one of the worst acts of political barbarism anywhere in the world. That was when I, a 16 year old schoolboy, decided to get involved because what was done was simply unacceptable and a disastrous start for a newly independent country).

The Genocide Convention came into effect in January 1951 (by which time the Plantation Tamils had not only been decitizenised, but disenfranchised as well).

Resolution 260, Article 2, states:

“Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a)  Killing members of the group;

(b)  Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c)  Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d)  Imposing measures to prevent births within the group

(e)  Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group

The Sri Lankan government has done all of these to the ethnic Sri Lanka Tamils who live in the North and East. The requirements to constitute ‘Genocide’ have been met.

The official definition and a popular misconception

The Genocide Convention clearly states that it is act committed to destroy, in whole or in part, an ethnic group.

Unfortunately, the popular concept of genocide is an attempt to destroy the whole ethnic group – ie all the Tamils in Sri Lanka. This is clearly wrong.

A further problem is that the media focuses on the more ‘newsworthy’ sudden outbursts of mass killing but overlooks the ‘slow’ or more ‘chronic’ killing, such as is occurring today in the Tamil North and East.

The result is that this ‘slow genocide’, despite being Genocide, is ignored.

Numbers involved

It is crucial to appreciate that the Genocide Convention does not mention the numbers that ‘need’ to be killed. It could be 50, 500, 5,000 or, as Hitler decided, 6 million. It is the intention backed by the acts to take that intention to fruition, that constitutes ‘Genocide’. (I will deal with the Srebrenica massacre later, where the murder of 7,000 Bosnian Muslim males in a ‘safe zone’ was accepted as Genocide by an International Criminal Court).

All that has to be done is to prove the intention to destroy ‘in whole or in part’ an ethnic group. In Sri Lanka, the ‘part’ is the part that lives in the North and East.

The intention is to make Sri Lanka into a Sinhala-Buddhist nation – a ‘pure’ Sinhala-Buddhist nation – in which there is no place for non-Sinhalese and non-Buddhists. This is extreme ethno-religious chauvinism, masquerading as ‘patriotism’.

There is a ‘problem’ for President Rajapaksa’s regime. If Sri Lanka is to be a Sinhala-Buddhist Nation, what can be done to the Tamils – 18% of the population? There are only 4 options:

  1. Drive them out of the country. 1.1 million have been, but there are some left.
  2. Make then non-people. This is happening in the Tamil North and East right now.
  3. Make them ‘disappear’. That is occurring at an alarming rate.
  4. Kill them. That is Genocide.

The mass killing of Tamils as a ‘solution’ to the ‘Tamil problem’, is similar to Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem’. The ‘killing fields in Sri Lanka’s North and East’ and the razor-wire fenced ‘rehabilitation centres’, replaced Hitler’s gas chambers and concentration camps. Some, not all, in Rajapaksa’s concentration camps have been released but not to their homes. They are non-people who are facing a ‘slow genocide’ (see below).

The ‘acts’ to take this intention to fruition have been amply documented in my dvd, ‘Sri Lanka. Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, Violation of International Law”, Dr Winston Panchacharan’s massive tome, ‘Genocide in Sri Lanka’, the Channel 4 video, ‘Sri Lanka. The Killing Fields’, and several other publications by internationally renowned human rights groups. There has been a deluge of reports from Amnesty International (AI, a Nobel Prize winner), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) and even the United States Country Reports.

There is, of course, the massive publication from the UN Panel of Experts into Accountability (the ‘Darusman Report’, the most devastating and comprehensive report on Sri Lanka ever published. More reports from these sources will surely follow.

I will not repeat here what has been set out in my dvd (which is on the net or at briansenewiratne.blogspot.com). I will deal with here is what I have not dealt with in my dvds.

September 11, 2008, is a crucial day in Sri Lanka’s, if not world, history. It was the day when all humanitarian workers including international and even UN workers, were ordered to leave the war zone by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL). I know of no country in the world where this has been done. This was to commit ‘Genocide without witnesses’, and to make sure that the maximum number of people died.

Some of these human rights organisations remain excluded to this day, 4 years after the end of the armed conflict. If what went on before 19 May 2009 was ‘acute genocide without witnesses’, what is going on today is ‘slow genocide without witnesses’.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the all powerful Defence Secretary, brother of the President, spoke with the BBC. On 2 February 2009, the BBC reported, “Rajapaksa declared that “nothing should live or breathe outside the ‘safe area’”. The interview is in my dvd.

Putting this into practice, the hospital in Puthukkudiyiruppu, outside the ‘safe zone’ – the only one in the area – was bombed at least three times, with bombs that included cluster bombs. It was a blatant breach of the Geneva Convention. This too is in my dvd.

Of serious concern was that schools, with children in them, were bombed. Why kill children? Because that is what Genocide is.

Of the many atrocities committed on Tamil children, the worst was the targeted bombing of the Sencholai orphanage on 14 August 2006 (Rajapaksa became President in November 2005). Kfir jets of the GOSL dropped 16 bombs in repeated flights over the children’s orphanage killing 53 girls and 3 staff. They were well aware of what they were going because the coordinates had been supplied to them so that orphanages would not be targeted. They were.

Markets, such as the Chavakachcheri  and Jaffna markets, were specially targeted. Why.  Was it that by doing so, it was hoped that the Tamil Tigers could not get food? But the Tamil Tigers were not in the Jaffna Peninsula. They were miles away in the Vanni. Markets in the Peninsula were destroyed so that ordinary Tamil people would not be able to get  food. That is Genocide – “deliberately inflicting on a group, conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction”

Hospitals, even make-shift ones, were bombed and shelled. Why? Because what was waged by the GOSL on the Tamil people, was Genocide – deliberately inflicting on a group, conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction”

Hundreds of Christian Churches and Hindu Temples were bombed and shelled. Why? That is what ‘religious genocide’ is. To confirm that it was, after the conflict ended, these non-Buddhist structures were replaced by Buddhist Temples and statues of Buddha. Why, when there are hardly any Buddhists in this area? Because that is ‘religious genocide’ – wiping out everything that is not Buddhist.

In January 2009, some 350,000 Tamil civilians, men, women and children, had amassed in the government-declared ‘safe-zone’. They were bombed, shelled and machine gunned – an absolute contravention of the Geneva Convention- “The Laws of War”.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, Executive President, Minister of Defence, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, Sarath Fonseka, Army Commander, and all those involved in this outrage, especially those who had ‘command responsibility’, whether in uniform or not, are guilty of war crimes and genocide and should be charged.

Evidence presented later showed that at least 40,000 people (mainly Tamil civilians) were killed, and hundreds, probably thousands more have ‘disappeared’ from internment camps set up by the GOSL, and run by the Sri Lankan military. They are responsible for the gross violations of human rights that have occurred in these camps, and later.

In their Submission to the ‘LLRC’ (the so called Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission) the Catholic Diocese of Mannar (Most Rev Dr Rayappu Joseph, Catholic Bishop of Mannar, Rev Fr Victor Sosai, Vicar General of the Mannar Diocese, and Rev Fr Xavier Croos, the Representative of the Priests Forum of Mannar), produced evidence based on Government administrative centres, to show that 146,679 people were unaccounted for.

“Based on information from Kachcheris (Government administration centres) of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi about the population in Vanni in early October 2008, and the number of people who came to the government controlled area after that, 146,679 people seem to be unaccounted for. According to the Kachcheri, the population of the Vanni was 429,059 in the early part of October 2008. According to the UN OCHA updated as of 10 July 2009, the total number of people who came out of the Vanni to government controlled areas after this, is estimated to be 282,380.”

On 24 May 2009, CNN reported, “UN seeks access to Sri Lankan refugee camps”. The GOSL refused such access. What did the UN do? Nothing.

It was worse than doing nothing. On 25 May 2009, less than a week after the end of the genocidal slaughter of Tamils, the UN Human Rights Council had a two-day ‘special session’. Sri Lanka proposed a Resolution describing the conflict as a “domestic matter that did not warrant outside intervention”. China, India, Egypt and Cuba were among 29 developing countries that backed the Resolution which was passed.

Western diplomats and human rights workers were shocked. Amnesty International said, “The vote is extremely disappointing and is a low-point for the Human Rights Council. It abandons hundreds of thousands of people in Sri Lanka to cynical political considerations”.

China which provided much of the weaponry for the GOSL to commit Genocide, now wants its ‘reward’ – a foothold in Sri Lanka – a massive harbour in Rajapaksa’s home area, Hambantota, and an airport, Mattala airport, thrown in for good measure.  Sri Lanka has now become a ‘pearl’ in China’s ‘String of Pearls’ – a string of military bases across the Indian Ocean to safeguard oil supplies from the Middle East to China and manufactured goods going the other way.

China will almost certainly veto any action the UN Security Council might consider taking, genocide or war crimes notwithstanding. The implementation of the UN R2P (Responsibility to Protect) (see below), will surely be blocked.

The presence of the LTTE in the area bombed and shelled

The GOSL claims that it is the presence of the LTTE among the civilian population that was the reason for the bombing and shelling of the area. This is nonsense.  The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a United Nations Court of Law dealing with war crimes, was quite clear on this. In Prosecutor v Blaslac et al ICTY Appeals Chamber, made a clear statement:

“With respect to the meaning of a civilian population, the inclusion in a civilian population of military elements or combatants does not affect its status as civilians” 

For the GOSL to claim that the North and East were militarily attacked because of the presence of Tamil Tigers is legally invalid.

The continuing exclusion of human rights groups

If, as the GOSL claims, the Tamil people ‘have been rescued from terrorists’ (meaning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), and have been rehabilitated, then the Government must explain why international human rights groups such as Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and International Crisis Group (ICG), continue to be barred from entering this area and checking this out. Let them see the ‘happy smiling faces’ of the ‘rehabilitated’ Tamils, who have been ‘rescued’ from ‘terrorists’. Why the reluctance?

All the evidence points to the Tamil people in the North and East facing ‘extinction’ –  a word used by the Report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts. ‘Extinction’ of a people is genocide. I will deal with this word ‘extinction’ later.

The spectrum of Genocide

Although the Genocide Convention focuses on physical genocide – killing, causing serious bodily harm and mental harm, and deliberately inflicting on a group conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical destruction, there is a lot more to it than that. There are different types of Genocide.

Types of genocide

1)    Physical Genocide – that which has been clearly defined in the Genocide Convention

2)    Cultural Genocide – eg the destruction of the Jaffna Public library with more than 90,000 books, documents and material, some of which dealt with Tamil culture.

3)    Educational Genocide – destruction of schools and preventing children from going to school

4)    Economic genocide – preventing Tamil people from setting up businesses, much of it now in the hands of the Sinhalese military, or earning a living (fishing and agriculture) by land-grabs and the relocation of Tamil people eg relocating fishermen where there is no sea.

5)    Religious Genocide – destroying Hindu temples and Christian Churches and replacing them with Buddhist shrines.

6)    Structural Genocide – destroying anything built by Tamils, and setting Sinhalese from the South in the Tamil North and East.

This is an extension of the Genocide Convention, being the “intention backed by the act of destroying, in whole or in part”, the people, their culture, education, economic existence, religion and structures.

All of these (and more) the Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) Government has done, and what is serious, is continuing to do with increased zeal, determination and alarming speed.

Ways of committing Genocide

  1. Bombing, shelling and shooting. These are ‘highly effective’ but are not the only way to kill.
  2. Denial of food, medicines and medical care.
  3. Preventing survival activities to a group (eg fishing, agriculture, employment and business).
  4. Destroying homes, hospitals, schools, markets and businesses.
  5. Making it dangerous for children to attend school by having a heavy military presence of ruthless, undisciplined, brutal men in the area who can do what they want with no accountability
  6. Forcibly sterilising women- of which there is considerable evidence.
  7. Depriving a group of people their land, and access to their place of work eg the sea and land.

Once the intention is there to commit Genocide, the ways of doing so are endless. All of this (and more) has gone on, and is currently going on, in the Tamil areas of Sri Lanka. Let me get back to the types of genocide.

Physical Genocide

Much of this has been set out in my dvd on genocide in Sri Lanka. To repeat it here is unnecessary.

There are several important points in this dvd. It shows the actual bombing and shelling of the Tamil areas, which was later documented by UK Channel 4, ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’.

My dvd shows the actual targeted bombing of the Sencholai orphanage, the Puthukkudiyiruppu Hospital, the mass slaughter of civilians in Churches (where they were asked to take refuge), of schools and the wiping out of entire villages. What I have been able to record is a tiny fraction of what went on.

Most importantly, it shows the destruction of evidence of the slaughter, the mass incineration of dead bodies, so that it will be difficult, if not impossible to collect evidence of mass killings. It has all been burnt.

Cultural Genocide

There is little doubt that successive Sinhalese governments have engaged in the cultural destruction of the Tamil people. This extends from the outrageous burning of the Jaffna Public library, one of the finest in South Asia, a store-house of irreplaceable manuscripts and books on Tamil culture, to the destruction of schools and learning facilities in the Tamil areas.

With permission from the (Sinhalese) military necessary for every event, including cultural events, Tamil culture is being put on the back-burner.

To compound the issue, school teachers in the Tamil areas are now not infrequently Sinhalese soldiers, with no expertise in teaching and even less knowledge of Tamil culture.

This is what the Sinhalese government wants to happen, whether admitted to or not. The perception seems to be that it is ‘not possible’ to have a thriving Tamil culture in a ‘Sinhala-Buddhist’ country. So, destroy that culture.

Unless this problem is addressed, one of the ancient cultures in the world will slowly die in Sri Lanka.

Educational Genocide

This is a serious matter for an ethnic group, the Tamils, who have, for centuries, put education as the top priority. No other group in Sri Lanka has given education as high a priority as the Tamils have.

Indeed, it was discrimination in education, the so-called “Standardisation of University entrance marks” in 1972 by the Sirima Bandaranaike government where Tamil students from the North had to get higher marks to enter the University, that led to the Tamil youths picking up arms. Tamil students who should (on merit) have entered the University (which was the criteria for admission before 1971), were denied admission because of their ethnicity and the area they came from (Jaffna).

At the time I was a Senior Lecturer in Medicine in Sri Lanka, and saw it all.

Educational genocide is currently being committed in a different way. As has been mentioned already, there has been an extensive destruction of schools and other places of learning in the Tamil areas. Much of this has not been rebuilt or handed over to civilian control.

School children, especially girls, are too afraid to go to school because of the widespread presence of Sinhalese soldiers and the very real possibility of abduction or a ‘nocturnal visit’. There is ample documentation that (Sinhalese) soldiers and (Sinhalese) Police simply arrive at a school, arrest students, especially student leaders, and take them away ‘for questioning’. This happens with alarming regularity.

A matter of serious concern is the relocation of Sinhalese students from the South to the University in the North, especially in the Medical and Law Faculty. The students seem to be picked more on their ethnicity than their academic ability. Tamil students are denied places in the University, since to go to the (profusion of) Universities in the South is unaffordable and dangerous (being young Tamil men they are LTTE supporters or cadre, almost by definition).

The inevitable result is to leave the country, if possible.  Hundreds of thousands have already left. Sri Lanka will deprive itself of its most valuable asset,  highly trainable and talented students. It is a high price for the country to pay for Educational Genocide.

Economic genocide

The Tamil people in the North and East have lost their homes, employment, businesses and ways of earning a living. There has been a wholesale displacement of Tamils from an area where they have lived (and have a right to live). Their homes and property have been declared “High Security Zones’. The Tamils have been permanently displaced.

The land that the Tamils have lost has been given by the GOSL to Sinhalese soldiers, and landless Sinhalese from the South in what is State-sponsored ‘Sinhalisation’ of the Tamil areas.

As the economic genocide of the Tamils continues apace, the Armed Forces are taking over (indeed they already have) businesses, commerce and trade. The Tamil people are not in the equation.

Religious genocide

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Hindu shrines and Christian Churches have been destroyed. They have been replaced by Buddhist temples or just a statue of Buddha. To say that this is religious genocide would be an understatement.

Violent members of politically-active Buddhist clergy have now targeted mosques.

The political party of the Buddhist clergy (Jathika Hela Urumaya – National Heritage Party) has repeatedly brought up a motion in Parliament to ban religious conversions (for example, of Buddhists to Christians). The ‘Anti-Conversion Bill’ introduced in 2004, was challenged in the Supreme Court by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance in Sri Lanka. The Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional because it breached Article 10 of the Constitution “Every person is entitled to freedom ….including the freedom to have or adopt a belief of his choice”.

Brought up again in 2009, and shelved because of pressure from America – a bipartisan protest by 15 Congressmen.

It has recently (2011) been brought up again!

It is interesting that in a country where 70% are Buddhists, Christianity and Hinduism are such a threat that they have to be outlawed.

Structural Genocide

This is the destruction of anything built by the Tamils, however functional it is. The best example is the decimation of the fully functional entity in the Vanni which Professor Kristian Stokke, University of Oslo, Faculty of Sociology and Human Geography, described in detail: “Building the Tamil Eelam State….Emerging State structures…” (published in the 3rd World Quarterly 27 (6) 2006).

This fully functional entity, complete with Law Courts, Banks,  hospitals, schools etc was reduced to rubble.

Of serious concern is the demolition of tombstones in cemeteries in the Tamil areas. This is not only outrageous, but has seriously affected the ‘grieving process’. To hope that this senseless act will not adversely affect ‘Reconciliation’ is absurd.

The most serious aspect of structural genocide is the Government-directed (massive) settlement of Sinhalese from the South (many of them ex-military people) in the Tamil North and East. It an attempt to permanently destroy the reality of a “Tamil homeland”, once and for all. It is ‘Sinhalisation’ of the Tami area, a demographic change which might well be irreversible.

The political implications of is this policy is that the Tamils will be a minority in the area where they are a majority. Taken to its logical conclusion, there might be no  voice for the Tamils even in Parliament. The Tamils will be “a voiceless people’. This is well underway.

The time-frame for genocide

This can be ‘acute’, ‘intermittent’ or ‘slow’.

‘Acute’ genocide

This is ‘mass killing’ of a population or part of a population. It is dramatic and easily recognised as genocide. This is what happened in the last 5 months of the conflict in Sri Lanka – massive aerial bombardment, shelling and shooting.

With advances in technology (mobile phones, video cameras etc), this can be seen – at least in part, by the world even if witnesses are removed.

What was not seen at the time was seen later as soldiers filmed some of the atrocities as grisly ‘war trophies’ and then sold them eg to UK Channel 4.

‘Intermittent’ genocide

This is repeated episodes of acute killing such as have occurred in Sri Lanka since 1983 (when some 3,000 Tamils in the Sinhalese South were butchered in a week).

The oft-quoted claim that there has been a 26 year long ‘civil war’ in Sri Lanka is certainly not true. There has not been a civil war in Sri Lanka since 1915. and that was one between the Sinhalese and the Muslims.

What there has been on post-independent Sri Lanka have been intermittent pogroms of the Tamil people by the Sinhalese government – acts of ‘intermittent genocide – the worst (till late) being in July 1983.

Then came the ‘Final Solution’, the mass slaughter after Rajapaksa became President in November 2005, and the obvious genocide in the closing months of the slaughter (January to May 2009).

‘Slow’ genocide

This is far more dangerous because it is not recognised as such. People simply wither away from starvation, lack of medical treatment, suicide or ‘disappear’.

This is what Madeline Albright, former US Secretary of State and an advisor to President Obama, called the ‘Rolling Genocide’ (with reference to Dafur).

This is what has been going on in the Tamil areas of Sri Lanka (the North and the East) since the end of ‘acute genocide’ on 19th May 2009.

If the idea of ‘intermittent’ and ‘slow’ genocide are grasped, rather than just the acute outburst of killing such as occurred in the Tamil areas in the closing stages of the conflict (January to May 2009), then there is little doubt that the events in Sri Lanka, particularly since 1983, meet the criteria of Genocide of the Tamil people.

The presence of the Sri Lankan (Sinhaese) Armed Forces and (Sinhalese) Police

The massive presence of the Sinhalese Armed Forces in the Tamil North and East (the largest per capita of the civilian population anywhere in the world), who treat the Tamils as the ‘Spoils of war’, and their land as “Conquered Territory’, is the main cause of the ongoing problems facing the Tamils in this area, including, and especially genocide.

The entire Tamil area is under military occupation. 16 of the 19 Divisions of the Sri Lankan Army are stationed in the North.

The strength of the Armed Forces is huge, and increasing;

170,000 at the end of the armed conflict

300,000 in 2012

400,000 by 2015.

The ratio of soldiers to civilians in Vavuniya in the North, is reported to be 1:3.

The Armed Forces are involved in everything, especially in civilian activities. The military own 11 hotels, many restaurants and cafes, 2 whale watching tours, 3 cricket stadiums, a 180 acre farm, a golf course, and a ferry service. These are only the ones we know about.

They do what they want to whoever they want with no accountability. It is a military dictatorship – a Police State, just as what is going on in the rest of the country is a political dictatorship – a Totalitarian regime.

Until this ‘Occupying Force’ is dismantled, (the chance is small – indeed very small), genocide of the Tamil people will continue.

It is this that makes it mandatory for international intervention – the application of R2P (see below).

Tamils ceasing to exist as a ‘people’

In February 2012, the US State Department sent two officials to Sri Lanka to inform the Rajapaksa government that the US intended to submit a Resolution on Sri Lanka at the up-coming 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February- 23 March 2012).

19 Tamils, non-politicians, “Civil Society”, including Rt Rev Dr Rayappu Joseph, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Mannar, sent a letter (10 February 2012). It is a concise and precise letter to Maria Otago, Undersecretary of State, and Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State, US State Department.

It set out the concerns of the Tamil people and their expectations (and the responsibility) of the UN Human Rights Council. This letter is reproduced in full in my booklet on Bishop Rayappu Joseph (Life of a Sri Lankan Tamil Bishop Most Rev Dr Rayappu Joseph and others in danger. 6 April 2012). It is on the net and in briansenewiratne.blogspot.com.

The closing two sentences say it all:

“The Governments current activities in the North and East are challenging the very existence of the Tamil people and more time to the GOSL to implement the LLRC’s recommendations will only mean further time for the Government to play havoc in the North and East and subjugate the interests and aspirations of the Tami people. If the International Community does not act now, like they did not act in May 2009, the Tamils will cease to exist as a ‘people’ in the country”.

‘Ceasing to exist as a people’ is Genocide.

‘Extermination’

UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, appointed a Panel of Experts to advise him on the issue of accountability with regard to any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka.  Its members were:  Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), Chair; Yasmin Sooka (South Africa); and Steven Ratner (United States).

Their findings in the 124 page, “Report of The UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts into Accountability in Sri Lanka” (released 31 March 2011), was the most serious indictment of the Sri Lankan government ever published.

Section 251 (page 68) referred to what happened as “Extermination”

Under the ICC (International Criminal Court) Statue, ‘extermination’ includes “Intentional infliction of conditions of life, inter alia the deprivation of access to food and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of the population” Article 7(2)(b).

The fact that these senior lawyers with international credibility should use the word “extermination’ is highly significant.

Extermination is Genocide.

Dr Winston Panchacharam, Nanuet, New York, has put together an extraordinary book that has no equal, Genocide in Sri Lanka. It is a monumental work, a 185 page colour ‘atlas’ – for want of a better word. I strongly recommend this to you, although you might have difficulty in obtaining a copy. If you do, contact me –not that I can assure you that I can help.

It has all the photographs you need to establish the charge of Genocide.  In a heart-rending plea addressed to “Your Excellencies – Global Leaders for the protection of the Vulnerable and those Oppressed by Genocidal Acts:-

“On behalf of Global Public Opinion, the Tamil Diaspora and the Dying Race of Tamis in Sri Lanka, we appeal to Your Excellencies – Global Leaders to act quickly and follow through to protect the dying Tamil Race in Sri Lanka. Justice delayed is Justice buried”.

The book ends with the dramatic (and crucial) question (in big red letters!)

Is the word GENOCIDE important?

Is it important to establish that Genocide of the Tamil people, has happened and is continuing to happen, in Sri Lanka to this day? Yes it is. It is not just a matter of words.

Genocide constitutes clear and uncontestable grounds for the application of R2P (Responsibility to Protect). The UN was very clear about this in the Report of the Independent Inquiry into the Actions of the United Nations during the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. UN Document s/1999/1257 :

“There can be no neutrality in the face of Genocide”

R2P – Responsibility to Protect

Following the genocide in Rwanda and the failure of the international community to intervene, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan asked the question, “When does the international community intervene for protecting populations?”

The Canadian government established the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) in September 2000.

In February 2001, at the 3rd round table meeting of ICISS in London, Gareth Evans (former Australian Foreign Minister and later the CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group from 2000-2009), and others, suggested the phrase “Responsibility to Protect”.

In December 2001, the ICISS released its report “The Responsibility to Protect”. The report stated that sovereignty was not a right but a responsibility, and that the international community had to prevent mass atrocities. Economic, political and social measures were to be used along with diplomatic engagement. Military intervention was to be used as a last resort.

R2P included bringing security and justice to the victim population and of finding the root cause of the mass atrocity.

The fact that R2P was not able to be invoked, and that at least 40,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka and some 150,000 were unaccounted for, is a practical failure of R2P.

It is time that this failure is addressed, and R2P applied in Sri Lanka, since the Tamil people in the North and East need ‘Protection’.  All four cardinal features of R2P – Genocide, War crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing – have occurred in Sri Lanka, and disturbingly are continuing to occur.

The Srebrenica massacre

In considering Genocide in Sri Lanka, it is very important to look at the Srebrenica massacre.

I will briefly summarise this but a detailed comparison is very important. Time and space do not allow me to do this here.

The slaughter of 7,000 Muslim males in Srebrenica, has been declared as ‘Genocide’ by an International Criminal Tribunal. Yet the slaughter of ten times that number of civilians in Sri Lanka has not been taken up.

In April 1993, the United Nations declared the besieged enclave of Srebrenica in the Drina Valley of north-eastern Bosnia a “safe area” under UN protection (In Sri Lanka the GOSL declared a large area in the North East, a “safe area” but there were no UN protectors).

Despite the UN protectors, in July 1995, the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), a 400-strong contingent of Dutch peacekeepers, Dutchbat, did not prevent the town’s capture by the VRS and the subsequent massacre. The VRS was the Army of Republika Srpska under the command of General Ratko Mladić. (In Sri Lanka, it is General Sarath Fonseka, working directly under Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, and President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces).

In 2004, in a unanimous ruling on the case of Prosecutor v. Krstić, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in The Hague, ruled that the massacre of the enclave’s male inhabitants constituted genocide, a crime under international law.

The forcible transfer of between 25,000 to 30,000 Bosniak women, children and elderly which accompanied the massacre was found to be confirming evidence of the genocidal intent of members of the VRS Main Staff who orchestrated the massacre. (In Sri Lanka, the forcible transfer of some 300,000 Tamils and Muslims to razor-wire fenced concentration camps on the orders of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and President Mahinda Rajapksa – the “Main Staff” in the Rajapaksa government dealing with the war).

Then in 2005, in a message to the tenth anniversary commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre genocide, the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a press release (UN Press releasee SG/SM/9993UN, 11/07/2005) stating that, while blame lay first and foremost with those who planned and carried out the massacre and those who assisted and harboured them, great nations had failed to respond adequately. The UN itself had made serious errors of judgement and the tragedy of Srebrenica would haunt the UN’s history forever.

After a visit to the Rajapaksa’s internment camps, UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon said, “I have travelled around the word and visited similar places, but this is by far the, the most appalling scenes I have seen”.

What did he do? He spent some 15 minutes in the camp, was garlanded, he smiled, and left. That was it. Did he take this up with President Rajapaksa or his brother? I have no evidence that he did.

A disturbing scenario of fascism

I have no proof that President Rajapaksa, his all-powerful brother, Gotabaya, former-General Sarath Fonseka or someone influential in the Rajapaksa junta studied the details of mid-twentieth-century fascism and totalitarianism, but there is suggestive evidence.

The ‘war’ has now been over for 4 years (19 May 2009), but there are more than 200,000 members of the Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) Armed Forces in the Tamil North and East. Who is the enemy? The Tamil Tiger ‘terrorists’. But they have been crushed. The new enemy are imaginary Tamil Tigers in ‘sleeper cells’, waiting to suddenly appear and create mayhem.

‘Sleeper cell’ is from Stalin’s Russia, where propagandists said that imaginary cells, consisting of “international capitalism” (in Sri Lanka – the expatriate Tamils and others who are calling for an independent Tamil State, Eelam), have been sent to infiltrate Soviet society. These secret agents would pose as good Soviet comrades (in Sri Lanka – law abiding Tamils in the North and East), living quietly among their neighbours but just awaiting the day when, at a signal, they would rise up and commit mayhem.

Sri Lanka is still on a “war footing” with is imaginary enemy (the crushed Tamil Tigers). ‘War footing’ is an interesting word. It is also an odd choice of words. Sri Lanka is not actually at war. That ended on 19 May 2009. What then is a ‘war footing’ and the ‘need’ for this massive (Sinhalese) Army in the Tamil area? What is interesting is that Nazi leaders explained after the Reichstag fire, that Germany, which was not actually at war, was from then on a permanent “kriegsfusz” – literally a “war-footing”.

The Rajapaksa junta claimed that what occurred in the Tamil North and East was a “massive rescue operation” (to rescue the Tamil people from Tamil Tiger terrorism) and that once this is done, the Tamil people will welcome the ‘Liberators’ ie the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. Interestingly, when the German army occupied the Rhineland, Nazi propaganda asserted that the troops would be welcomed as liberators.

I cannot prove that President Mahinda Rajapkasa or his brother studied Hitler’s regime, but when the President says (as he has) that not a single Tamil civilian was killed by the Sri Lankan Forces (it was all the work of the Tamil Tigers), and that his Army (one of the most disciplined in the world!) went to war with a gun in one hand and the Human Rights Convention in the other, it does remind one of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels “Big Lie’ – that if a lie is audacious enough and repeated many times it will be believed.

The importance of all this in this paper on the Genocide of the Tamil people, is that until the ‘liberators’ – the Sinhalese Armed Forces and Police are removed from the Tamil areas, the ‘slow genocide’ of the Tamil people will continue.

There you have it – be it Bishop Rt Rev Rayappu Joseph’s “Tamils ceasing to exist as a ‘people’” or the UN Panel of Experts ‘Extermination’, or Dr Winston Panchacharam’s ‘The Dying Tamil Race in Sri Lanka’, it is Genocide.

I will close with another look at that last page of Dr Panchacharan’s book, ‘Genocide in Sri Lanka’

IF THIS IS NOT GENOCIDE, THEN WHAT IS IT?

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    Brian Seneviratne is a guy [Edited out]
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        Brian Seneviratne, TGTE “Cabinet Minister” is as good as Anton Balasingham, just below Mass murderer VP, so no better crap than this can expect from him.

        Just go ahead & if possible re-start the war from Nandikadal Lagoon, that’s only what we can say, Mark my word, Sinhalese are ready than ever before.

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      Hats off to Mr Seneviratne for his courageous stand. Like Mr. Elmore Perera who stands for truth even at great personal cost and victimization by the barbaric Sinhala Buddhist nationalists and Rajapassa cronies.

      IT is indeed true that the Rajapassa brothers would dearly love to get rid of all tamils in Lanka and thus erase their history including the history of Rajapassa war crimes against Tamil and Muslim communities…

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        Sri Lanka: If This Is Not Genocide, Then What Is It?

        It is holocaust – to be declared in the near future:

        Sixty-five year old ongoing campaign of genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka; it has every aspect of genocide.

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          Thiru

          By your mass-killing barbaric podian preba for last 30 years? HE is already in the hell for the merits. Is it?

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        You are a brave man Mr Seneviratne for having the guts to speak out about what the. government of RajaPassa and his Hoo manitarian peacekeepers have been doing to the Tamils of the North and East.
        The LTTE was responsible for killing Sinhala, Muslim and Tamil civilians and in SL people speak only about this because state media has brainwashed them into thinking that only the LTTE killed civilians while the armed forces were innocent thottha babas.
        This 30 year war was nothing more than that between a terrorist organisation and a state terrorist organisation. The terrorists lost and paid for it with their lives. Now its time for the leaders of the state terrorists to pay for their sins for ordering the killings of thousands of Tamil civilians.
        Best of luck Brian in your quest to expose the horrors perpetrated by the RajaPassa government and their humanitarian state terrorists.

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        Ha ha Ha -Rudra’s government ministers got caught in child molestation in Sudan

        What you expect from this barbaric terrorist where ever they live

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    Brian Seneviratne:

    This is according youtube clips uploaded by your OWN SON. [Edited out]

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    Brian, you used to be talking in favour of Eelam in Australian sites.
    You haven’t changed your gear. Tragic man! You cannot always survive on your qualifications. We know you too well.
    I am against the break up of Sri Lanka

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      @ Shyamon Jayasinghe
      Whether or not you are against the break up of SL is besides the point.
      If something has to happen, it will happen. (Murphys Law)
      To avoid a break up, urge the RajaPassas and the Sinhala racists to devolve maximum power to the North and stop the harassment of Tamils and destruction of their culture and religion.

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        P jilmart

        Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!! SL Defence wants some target practice. This time to make sure to send your own effluent sons and daughters brought up in Western world.

        Looks like wrong side of your brain only working. Lack of judgement and skill to look at the problem neutrally Jilmo.

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      @Shamen,
      Even the simplest unity between man and woman has to be break up in certain cases when unity create more destruction than harmony. Same applies to larger entities like countries. With what we observe, SL is getting more and more closer to a divorce, just my personal thoughts..
      Again these united country concept is relatively new, in the history when there was no extreamly powerful warlords, even smaller geographical areas like SL was ruled or managed as smaller separated areas by multiple warlords or kings.
      Anura

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe, as much as you do not like to see Sri Lanka break up, so do we. If we as the Sinhalese are unable to accommodate the Tamils as equal citizens, then what recourse, has the Tamils got? In that respect I admire the stand of Brian Seneviratne against heavy odds to boldly stand up for the Tamils which you and I, have not. So let us be frank at least now and support their cause for recognition as equal citizens. If not, it is not a case of failing the Tamils but failing our selves and our Country, that will eventually break up.

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    At least one conscience heart is speaking out the truth. This is why the International investigation need to be carried out. Truth to be brought out and justice need be provided to the victims.

    Bloody UN is a joke of the world, which is based on aligning the geopolitical interests, see those poor African countries which is hypocrites standing with this genocidal government. I shame myself to be called as an Indian which brought NAM to protect third world countries from the interests of global hegemony. This conscience less congress government of India is the culprit. Chinese one day will die in masses for their aid in cluster and chemical weapon assistance in the massacre.

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      Buddy,

      With all due respect. Walk the talk. Please!

      Start by advocating an urgent International Investigation against India. Your country. For massive crimes committed in Kashmir and in other provinces against her own citizens.

      Cheers!

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        Ben Hurling

        “Start by advocating an urgent International Investigation against India. Your country. For massive crimes committed in Kashmir and in other provinces against her own citizens.”

        This is the only time I agree with you.

        However demanding an Investigation into Indian crimes does not preclude an investigation into war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.

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          Native,

          Punishing criminals is a must. Whether petty or war criminals does not matter. If Sri Lanka is to progress, we must do it.

          However, Justice should never be a selective tool of cunning Ealamists. Here in Sri Lanka or abroad.

          We should also avoid falling prey to geo-politics of the region.

          Ealamists and regional power players are not into human rights of average Sri Lankans. Be they Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim.

          Only Sri Lankans by fighting for a better society can ensure real justice in our country. It is the correct, yet more difficult path to take. There are no quick fixes.

          PS: “You will know when you are on the right path. Usually it is uphill” – Amish prorverb

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            Ben Hurling

            “However, Justice should never be a selective tool of cunning Ealamists.”

            I have no time for the Eelamistas.

            As you know I have been consistently demanding an independent war crime investigation committed from 5th April 1971 to date.

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        Ben the Mr.Bean,

        Massive crimes, please quote credible evidence like UN committee report. or also you know there is an elected government in kashmir never quoted any genocide. Here TNA, an elected body requests war investigations.

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          To claim SL Army is totally clean would be a joke.

          But, SL Armed forces are far more disciplined than their Indian counterparts. We know. We have had the IPKF here. We know a thing or two about the Indian military.

          Let me give you a couple of previews to how India will lose face once floodgates of international war crimes investigations are opened against her:
          1:http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/INDIA935.PDF
          2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUDenTPFPnA
          3:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_abuses_in_Jammu_and_Kashmir

          Do get in touch if you can stomach more horrific stuff.

          PS: Please note the LTTE monster was nourished by India. A war crime against Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims of Sri Lanka.

          Now is a good time for all Indians to shut up on Sri Lankan affairs. Rather than preaching.

          Cheers!

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            Ben Hurling

            “But, SL Armed forces are far more disciplined than their Indian counterparts.”

            Could you site any comparative studies to support your observation.

            “Please note the LTTE monster was nourished by India.”

            I totally agree with you.

            However JVP Sinhala/Buddhist terrorism was home grown.

            Sri Lanka state terrorism is home grown with Southern Consensus and US, India, China, Pakistan… blessings.

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              Yes. There is fertile ground in SL for home grown terror. Given how corrupt our politics are and how stupid the Sri Lankan electorate is, world powers smart enough can readily exploit it.

              JVP uprising in the south was put down quickly by the state with sheer brutality.

              LTTE was more difficult to defeat. India was using Tamil grievances and abusing Sri Lanka to promote her own regional ambitions. So we paid a hefty price over 30 years.

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            Mr. Ben,

            I know both militants and military do atrocities against Muslim civilians which is punishable, after all Indian military is largely comprised of your ancestors isn’t it? Is that a surprise?
            You fail to catch thew ord called “genocide” which is mass killing as in 2009.If you read my post, I am forced to call as Indian which I feel shame.

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      Manisekan

      One conscience heart speaking for the wrong reason. You go and ask Brain own son about this holly man’s behaviour. He has been a terra supporter for his entire life. He has been banned from entering some countries confirms Brain’s agenda.

      Time for him to collect at least some merits for his next life (if he has one)rather than entertaining mass killers like LTTE. Brain’s time is running out.

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    Dear Brian

    I have been to Aushwitz, Poland. A major brick, a facility in the genocide by Hitler against Jews. I know what genocide is. You cannot fool me about the meaning of that word.

    World knows what genocie is. You do not need to lecture about this matter.

    Tamil Sri Lankans have suffered greatly. At the hands of successive governments, military and mostly under LTTE’s brutal rule (you admire LTTE).

    Tamil Sri Lankans have also suffered due to unrealisitic, self-serving Tamil politicians as well. Who ocntinue to promise them the moon based on Tamil bigotry.

    Believe me you will know genocide when you see it.

    While what happened in Sri Lanka was brutal. Was the result of a horrific war against world’s worst terror outfit. The war was waged by a war-weary state with a questionable HR record. Tamils suffered even more in that crossfire.

    Yet, it was nowhere near genocide. Stop fooling yourself. Stop fooling the world. Above all stop fooling Tamil Sri Lankans.

    Cheers!

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      You live in denial. What then you call grabbing the people land and handing over to army and its family? Social service you hypocrite?

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        Not just the land grabbing but also the occupation of properties of thousands of Tamils by the military, the state sponsored colonisation of land belonging to the Tamils by the Sinhalese, the denial of employment opportunities to the local Tamil population by the importation of Sinhalese workforce from the south into the north, the interference of the military into civilian affairs in the north, etc, etc. and in addition the covert and overt encouragement and help in the tamil exodus. The list goes on and on. These are all part and parcel of the regime’s long term plan to exterminate the Tamil identity and Tamils as a distinct people in Sri Lanka.

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        Who grabbed peoples’land and distributed among maveer families? Did anyone protested it? Did anyone protested when the documentation related to land ownership wasdestroyed by LTTE terrorists?

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          Hela

          “Who grabbed peoples’land and distributed among maveer families?”

          Who did grab my ancestral land and distributed among Sinhala/Tamil families and mudalalies?

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            NV

            Is that your mum? I really mean Kuvani!!!!!

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              hadagamba

              “Is that your mum? I really mean Kuvani!!!!!”

              Kuveini was Mahanama’s fantasy sugar mummy.

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          The master blaster of genocide has completely got the wrong end of the stick . He hides behind his MBBS to create new meanings to the term Genocide. Keep trying ! you can fool some of the people some of the time , some of the people all the time, not all the people all the time . WAKE UP BRIAN !

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        Your biogoted brain may keep refusing to accept facts.

        Yes! Bad things happened. But, there was no Genocide in Sri Lanka. Sorry to disappoint you.

        I know hardcore Ealmists are so disappointed. That there was no Genocide. They were dreaming of it. To use it for Ealam propoganda. Not because they care about Tamil civilians.

        Yes, land grabbing is bad. We need to fight it. And stop it. And we will. However, it is not “Genocide” buddy. Despite your wishful thinking.

        FYI: Current regime is grabbing land in the south too. Genocide?

        Get a life. And help re-build Sri Lanka.

        Cheers!

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          what happened in 2009cannot be denied by you or your masters. one has to pay for all the lives lost. Your maters may escape justice for the time being but when the mass realizes what actually happened then they along with you have to face the music.that day will come sooner than you think. In the meantime you go back and keep licking the boots.

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          Ben Hurling

          “But, there was no Genocide in Sri Lanka. Sorry to disappoint you.”

          Are you damn sure genocide was not committed in Sri Lanka.

          Think twice before typing your next comment.

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          Land grab in the South is nowhere near as encompassing as in the North plus in the South the land is still in Singhala hands.

          Colonial era White Americans killed hundreds of thousands of fellow White Americans , so does that somehow nullify the genocidal nature of White Americans killing Native Americans.

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          Ben,

          Not long ago, I posted a response to your comment that if you believe your military one day that to your dismay you would be put down shockingly and you know that, after my response, immediately i saw weliveriya icident happened. I remind you again, you would loose your face as the time progresses. Let us see who is bigoted lot by then?

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            I do not support military opression of legitimate civilian protest in Sri Lanka or anyhwere else.

            Welewerriaya was a crime. There should be consequences for those uniformed criminals who gave orders to shoot kids.

            What I oppose is fake HR sensitivities of Ealamists who used to support LTTE vioelnce. Now posing as HR defenders. Leading Sri Lankans and specially Tamils down the garden path.

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              Ben Hurling

              “I do not support military opression of legitimate civilian protest in Sri Lanka or anyhwere else.”

              Have you ever met a grieving mother who lost her loved ones through no fault of their own either in the North or South?

              These were families who had nothing whatsoever to do with JVP or LTTE.

              In both regions armed forces and their allied dead squads were responsible for killing innocent of most victims.

              A dead innocent a good innocent, isn’t it?

              “What I oppose is fake HR sensitivities of Ealamists who used to support LTTE vioelnce.”

              If you have problem with Eelamista’s hypocrisy you have the right to challenge them not while you too are a renowned practitioner of hypocrisy.

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      Ben,

      You are so sure of what happened at the last stages of the war! There exist an allegation that the SLA deliberately targeted the civilians; no-fire zones were set by GOSL and gave time for people to move in then fired shells at them. This is the allegation; how are you sure that this never happened? Doesn’t this warrant an investigation?

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      Thanks Brian.
      @Ben
      ” I know what genocide is.” What is Genocide then?
      “Believe me you will know genocide when you see it.” – How would we know?
      “Sri Lanka’s history since its independence from 1948 clearly demonstrates that all Sri Lankan governments were driven by the intent to destroy the distinct identity of the Tamils as a nation[1]. As these actions were underpinned by intent, they clearly fall within the definition of genocide as stipulated by the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide.[2]” https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-the-genocidal-imperative-causes-and-consequences/

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      Your response to Dr Senewiratne’s charges appear to be reasonable but you question his accusation of ‘genocide’. You owe an explanation to his specific charges of burning Jaffna library, take over of private lands resulting in relocation of Tamils. You either deny them or justify them.

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      So because you visited Aushwitz, you are the end all be all decider on what genocide is. So people who haven’t been to Aushwitz don’t know what genocide is?
      Do you think genocide specifically requires gas chambers or quick killing of people? Genocide can be slow or fast or both.

      You can’t be soo dense as to discount the facts Brian has presented so only likely reason is that you want to sweep under the rug the ” Genocide ” claim because ultimately you feel it will bring about strong criticism of the Singhala establishment, something you (likely for ethnic reasons) don’t want.

      ” Above all stop fooling Tamil Sri Lankans.”
      Don’t speak as if you somehow have Tamil’s best interst at heart or know what’s good for them, when you want to whitewash away the term “Genocide”.

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      Ben,
      Don’t fool others. It is a genocide. It is happening since your Sinhalese took the power. There was no wars in 1958, 1977, 1983 or when you burnt Jaffna Library. If you understnad the meaning of Genocide, go and listen to Gotapaya.

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      Dr.Brian Seneviratne is essentially a good level headed man and a true Lankan but he unfortunately lets his emotions get the better of him. He cannot be faulted for that.
      He exaggerates unduly when he talks of genocide.
      Personally I do not think in this 21st century for even a cowardly regime like the present one headed by MR is capable to seriously contemplate or perpetrate such a task and that will be permitted by a silent majority of the Sinhalese people let alone the rest of the world.

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        Little did you ralise the MR & cabal have a hidden agenda to rid
        tamils for ever, even by denying Dual-Citizenship, by an ad-hoc
        ruling placing the 1948 Citizenship Act on hold, since MR was
        chased away from that Oxford Univarsity Meeting!
        The MOD and Immigration Dept. are unable to resolve the matter
        so far and even the AGs dept. is playing a delaying game over this,
        so that the slow-structured GENOCIDIAL intent is taking place
        away from the media.
        There are many a tamil who would like to enhance their economic
        links in the N/E but with 4 yrs. of so called peace, they are
        prevented, at the fancy of Gota, to forget about making a
        positive move. This is hidden Genocide?

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    Indeed this is true. Thanks for making the case.. Rajapassa war criminals fear that if they do not get rid of the Tamils they will have to face a war crimes trial.. so the plan is to ELIMINATE the Tamils and thus root out their war criminal record!

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      Don Stanley:

      You are a stupid – Frog living in a Tin can full of polluted water.

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        JimNutty, are you living in a cess pit?

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    IF THIS IS NOT GENOCIDE, THEN WHAT IS IT?

    Another coolie singing for his supper? :-)

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      Coolie with a British – MBBS and FRCP, and practised in the British Commonwealth too.

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        Why has the Sinhala coolie diaspora gone very quiet on Rajapaksa. The man has become a disgrace and not many of the educated Sinhala diaspora want to identify with the regime any more. Have you watched Boston Lanka TV programme lately?

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        why do you call dr senevaratne a coolie? Is it because you forgot to take your medication?or rajapatase’s bottom tasted differently on his return from the US.I have to tell your mother about you.

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        Jim softy

        Dim wit

        Read the following excerpts:

        Do you still practice as a physician?

        I practiced extensively in the UK working within the National Health Service.

        Who is Chris Nonis? How would you describe yourself as a person?

        I would describe myself as someone who has developed an understanding and respect for the dignity and diversity of people irrespective of their background. The invaluable life experiences of living and working in different countries in multiple sectors, including the public health sector in the UK, in academia, international and civil society organisations, as well as the private sector in Sri Lanka, and engaging with people of diverse backgrounds, has given me a broader perspective of life.
        ……
        …..

        What can you tell us about your experience as the Deputy Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society (UK)?

        ……….
        “During the last 15 to 20 years during my time in the UK, I was involved in several international committees, which was as a result of that interest, and have participated in conferences, and delivered addresses on international issues in the African sub-continent, Asia and Europe.”

        http://www.businesstoday.lk

        This is the High Commissioner Chris Nonis speaking to Business Today.
        http://www.srilankahighcommission.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=146:d..

        Dim Wit

        Is Dr Chris Nonis a coolie who practiced in the British NHS and was the Deputy Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society (UK)?

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      As opposed the Sarmas of the SubContient begging for money from Vellalas .

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      SIva

      You really mean Brain. Yep he has been signing for the same reason in his entire life. Keep collecting more funds for this lunatic.

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    Utterly shocking…..I am speechless! For the majority Sinhalese to remain silent as if nothing had happened is outrageous! Are the readers of this article ‘shell shocked’ that no one has commented yet??

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    If a definition of Genocide is needed one needs to look at events from years past. The ‘discovery’ and the invasion/occupation of the Americas cost the lives of 60 million native peoples over several decades at the hands of Christians – described as the arrival of ‘civilisation’.
    Again, more recently there is the event described as the ‘Russian revolution’ when the then Russian empire was taken over by the Bolsheviks (few in fact were Russian at all), and the subsequent massacres of Orthodox Christians, some 65 million white Russians, Ukrainians and Poles etc. by the non-Christian minority.
    The description of genocide when applied to Sri Lanka becomes a joke when the actual attempt to murder and ethnically cleanse areas within it were carried out by the minority Tamils, as represented by the self-appointed ‘the sole representative of the Tamil people’.

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      Ram means an uncastrated male sheep. Oxford English language dictionary.

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    Need to keep the fire burning eh? Where is the intent behind the killing to become a ‘genocide’. 12,000 captured Tamil LTTE cardres is simple testomony its not.

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    Brian Senewiratne, as a physician is well respected, but as a politician he wears blinkers.
    He left Sri Lanka to live and work in a Country which had a population of some 4 million at the time Capt Cook arrived in Botany Bay. Today, the so-called Aborigines, dispossessed of their lands, number a mere 300,000 living in abject poverty, while the descendands of the Irish and British ‘criminals’ who were sent there, live lives of luxury.
    Tasmanian Aborigines were totally wiped out.

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      What has the genocide of Australian Aborigines got to do with Brian Senewiratna’s OpEd? Does it somehow undermine his position because people long before him and unrelated to him waged genocide.

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        He went to Australia seeking economic advantage, just like most others from Sri Lanka both Tamil and Sinhala. He sought to partake in the said advantages wrested from the Aborigines by the previous ‘immigrants’. It does ubdermine his position as hypocritical because he subscribes to the fanciful view of ‘traditional homelands of the Tamils’.

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          Unless he directly partakes in undermining Aborigines, he isn’t hypocritical. By this logic everyone who lives in the West has no right to stand up for human rights, be critical of their countries and other countries. In fact by this logic , virtually no one in the world can comment on human rights, because most of the world has seen invasion, colonisation and displacement of the natives.

          This ofcoure suits those who do not like persons to speak out about human rights; all it does is convienently squash opinion critical of authoritarian regimes.

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            Brian Senewiratne who departed to Australia and the others who ‘disappeared’ to the USofA, Canada and Australia were NOT accused of commiting genocide in those nations. They were merely claiming a share of the ill-gotten bounty, akin to the realtionship between the pimp and the prostitute.

            The ‘West’ does have the criticise other nations re. human rights, BUT NOT while commiting atrocities on a massive scale in FOREIGN lands invaded illegally, as pointed out by Kofi Annan, the previous UNSG. The solution is NOT to create and fund (directly by the State Dept and indirectly) ‘NGOs’ like the AI and HRW to point fingers at lesser events.

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            A case of missing the wood for the trees.

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        The same criticism and more applies to all those Tamils who arrived, by fair means or foul, in the US and Canada, except that they had the great benefit of a free education paid for by the poor villagers of Sri Lanka, who’s ONLY reward was to be the terrorism bestowed on them by the kith and kin of the expats.

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      ram

      Thanks for highlighting the plight of my cousins in Australia however could you also help us to document atrocities committed by your people against my people. Read your people = Tamils and Sinhalese.

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        The plight of the Aborigines woud have been even worse had the Australian government responded as the Australian public demanded. In a newspaper poll carried out in 1983 as to what the best outcome for the Aborigines would be, the option with the highest votes was for them to herded onto an offshore island, and for that island to be then bombed. It might be a good time to remind that Australian lawyer among the great and the good waving his fists at the world in London, at the imagined slights suffered by the Tamil population of Sri Lanka.

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          What are these imagines slights; repeatd pogroms , rape, torture, kidnapping by the state and genocidal slaughter.

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          ram

          “It might be a good time to remind that Australian lawyer among the great and the good waving his fists at the world in London, at the imagined slights suffered by the Tamil population of Sri Lanka.”

          You remind the Australian lawyer.

          In the mean time let me fight for my people.

          ” In a newspaper poll carried out in 1983 as to what the best outcome for the Aborigines would be, the option with the highest votes was for them to herded onto an offshore island, “

          Now I understand the reason as to why Sri Lankan state persistent on retaining Kachchathive, a barren island. The tiny island comes handy as the Sinhala/Buddhusts are not averse to the idea of exterminating my people.

          The idea itself is as old as the Mahawamsa which says about cleansing the island, in other word ethnic cleansing of indigenous people.

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    If this is not Genocide, what is it?
    Absolutely!
    Every right thinking human being no less, should ask this question if it hadn’t been asked before of him or herself and the answer is as clear as day light!
    Dr Brian Senewiratne has, in his inimitable style, within the constrains of space has retold the truth as it happened going back to tracing history and giving some of the sordid details of what was and is GENOCIDE.
    Layman or legal mind everyone must look at the facts and it is indeed compelling.
    If you are listening, put your hand on your heart and speak the truth Mr. President!
    Was it not GENOCIDE?!

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      The war criminals in Sri Lanka are 4 US citizens/residents. They have NO immunity whatsoever in the US. TAG, TGTE, USTPAC, GTF/BTF and other associations should jointly file complaints in the US courts which has full jurisdiction on their own citizens for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

      Debating “Genocide” and preaching to the choir can go on for ever, annually or biannually, but real action in US courts is the first step Tamils should take. Tamils have failed to do that in the past 5 years which is a shame.

      It is strange that US professor Boyle or QC Robertson do not even mention that route. If Tamils do not take advantage with President Obama in the White House, Susan Rice in the NSA, Samantha Power in the UN and Robert Blake @ State Dept. when changes happen in the next 2 years it becomes more difficult. It is time the Department of Justice investigate their own citizens for such heinous crimes.

      TGTE senators should wake up and at least try to take some action without pursuing another worldwide “Parliamentary elections” in the diaspora this month to become new MP’s and Ministers of the TGTE. The expenses are over quarter million dollars! Wow.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice.

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        Gnanakone,

        Grand idea. Justice. Isn’t it?

        You have my full support, if you successfully pursue people who committed crimes in Sri Lanka. Using the judiciary in any country.

        However, here is the dilemma LTTE’s international bigots, such as yourself may face.

        They, themselves may face full wrath of the US Justice system once the process starts.

        Self righetous bigwigs of TAG, TGTE, USTPAC, GTF/BTF may well end up behind bars in the US and in other places. They did nourish the most brutal terror outfit the human race has ever seen. The LTTE.

        An indusputable crime against humanity.

        Severe & swift punishment of these Ealamist criminals is a must for the US Justice system.

        US Jusitce system is not there for Ealamist criminals to use it to their advantage. When they see fit.

        US Justice may jolly well bite your own behind rather hard Gnanakone.

        Calculating and cunninng Ealmsits in TAG, TGTE, USTPAC, GTF/BTF must have thought twice. Therefore no action so far.

        Cheers!

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          Oho Uncle Donald joined the band wagon!!!!!!!!!!!

          Where have you been for last few months? Too bsy collecting more funds for your beloved cause. TGTE?? What is this my dear. Tamil Goons Taking Egos(TGTE)?

          For us it is known as Peelum where your beloved kicking machine Podian Preba and mad clan used to roam around killing innocent Sinhalase and Tamils? Where is your so-called justice then. You are still suffering from “selective thinking disorder” Go and see your chum Brain for some treatment. Make sure you take your right medicine before you see him.

          By the way please ask your friend Brain – what happened to his land in Brisbane when he genocided native forest in it.

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          Thanks for hurtling in where angels fear to treat. LTTE is not there to be prosecuted. Sure, if they are there, they should be prosecuted. No one has denied this. The government should do this under their own law. The fact is that the government has exterminated them. So, the issue does not arise.

          As regards genocide, it is not numbers that matter, Hurtling. If you kill a persons just because of their ethnicity, that is genocide. The Rwandan genocide did not have the same numbers as the Jewish genocide.

          But, it is little use arguing with fools like Hurtling.

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    Dear Brian,
    a vast article, but hardly any important core in it. According to your alarming rate of genocide which is continuing even after the end of the war in 2009 march, there should be few thousand Sri Lankan Tamils remained by now, as it took brutal Sri Lanka army only 3 years to diminish the powerful Terror.Do you know what, TNA got 213,907 votes and Wigneswaran was voted alone 132,255 in the recent provincial election.
    Do you know, what does this mean…. It means that you were on the surface of pluto holding a “bino” and focusing on earth when you wrote this article. unfortunately,you ended up focusing on mercury…….

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      RACIST – A good comment pal.

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    Ignorant idiot! If it is tamil genocide how come several million tamils live contented in SLK, and most big corporation in SLk are run by Tamils. You discontented ignoramus, you have escaped to better pastures abandoning your country for pure greed, and now you are using your diseased mind and own yardstick to measure others. Get lost, loser!

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      By this very logic, there was no genocide of Native Americans since there are still millions of them existing.

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    Brian epitomises a civilised and cultured Sinhalese. These are human human beings with rare qualities. He needs to be heard. Bensen

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      There will come a day, hopefully soon, when decent Sinhalese like Dr. Brian Seneviratne, Tisaranee Gunasekera and many others – will be celebrated in a unified land for the courage to stand up and be counted
      when it was so difficult and dangerous to speak the truth and defend
      justice.

      R. Varathan

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        Those two are not the only Sinhala – christians writing in CT and are crying out loud for Tamils because that is what all mighty’s wish.

        CONQUER.

        They all are anti-Sinhala buddhists, and they want Christian culture to be the prominent culture in Sri Lanka.

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          JimSofty,

          Yes true…Currently you Sinhala Buddhist racists are following the Christian culture since long ago.

          Take cup of Visky with beef deval as byte and sit at home! You will see the heaven my friend.

          Anger

          Give up anger; renounce pride;
          transcend all worldly attachments.
          No sufferings touch the person
          who is not attached to name and form,
          who calls nothing one’s own.
          Whoever restrains rising anger like a chariot gone astray,
          that one I call a real driver;
          others merely hold the reins.

          Overcome anger by love; overcome wrong by good;
          overcome the miserly by generosity, and the liar by truth.
          Speak the truth; do not yield to anger;
          give even if asked for a little.
          These three steps lead you to the gods.

          The wise who hurt no one, who always control their body,
          go to the unchangeable place,
          where, once they have gone, they suffer no more.
          Those who are always aware, who study day and night,
          who aspire for nirvana, their passions will come to an end.

          This is an old saying, Atula, not just from today:
          ‘They blame the person who is silent;
          they blame the person who talks much;
          they also blame the person who talks in moderation;
          there is no one on earth who is not blamed.’
          There never was, nor ever will be, nor is there now
          anyone who is always blamed or anyone who is always praised.

          But the one whom those who discriminate praise
          continually day after day as without fault,
          wise, rich in knowledge and virtue,
          who would dare to blame that person,
          who is like a gold coin from the Jambu river?
          That one is praised even by the gods, even by Brahma.

          Be aware of bodily anger and control your body.
          Let go of the body’s wrongs
          and practice virtue with your body.

          Be aware of the tongue’s anger and control your tongue.
          Let go of the tongue’s wrongs
          and practice virtue with your tongue.

          Be aware of the mind’s anger and control your mind.
          Let go of the mind’s wrongs
          and practice virtue with your mind.

          The wise who control their body,
          who control their tongue,
          the wise who control their mind are truly well controlled.

          Gautama Buddha

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      in his old age he is confusing SL with Rwanda,

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      Bensen Burana

      HEard by deaf idiots like you of course.

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    Hats off to Brian Senewiratne. Very good question. It was a calculated and systematized act of committing genocide.

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    Thank you Brian Senewiratna, thank you for you clear , concise, unambiguous statments.

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    Didn’t hear from this [Edited out] for a while. May be the case against him in QLD is over so that he can concentrate on advertising and selling his DVDs. CT has given generous space for it too.

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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      Hela

      Thanks for your comments. Its so refreshing.

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    Another NGO funded fool barking for Tamil money. It doesn’t really matter even all the Tamils in SL were killed in order to crush the Tamil terrorism. We would support the wAr no matter what.

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      Ela kolla

      “It doesn’t really matter even all the Tamils in SL were killed in order to crush the Tamil terrorism.”

      Whom are you going to kill in order to crush state terrorism, the Sinhala/Buddhists perhaps.

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        i don’t mind the state terrorism as long as it’s directed towards minorities

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          ela kolla ,

          Good Ela kola keep it up!!!!!

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          You know the MR regime won’t spare you , even if you are one of their diehard supporters, most recent example is Weliweriya.

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      Ela Kolla
      Are all these Sinhalese (there are many more if you look up this website regularly) NGO funded fools barking for Tamil money:
      http://www.scribd.com/doc/104705097/Conscientious-Sinhalese-Tell-LLRC

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    All you bloody tamils who hate Sri Lanka so much – go to India. The Sinhalese have only Sri Lanka to call home. You people will be committing Genocide. If you remember what the LTTE did to Sinhala villages – eliminating the adults and children by brutal means THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL GENOCIDE. ALL OF YOU WHO CLAIM GENOCIDE IN SRI LANKA WILL NOT BE ALIVE IF THE SINHALA BUDDHISTS ARE SO CRUEL. WHEN YOU ANGER PEOPLE WITH YOU DOMINATION, CHEATING AT EXAMS, FAVOURING YOUR PEOPLE — THAT IS OKAY. SOON YOU ALL WILL CREATE SO MUCH TROUBLE IN CANADA, AUSTRALIA AND OTHER PLACES, THAT IN THOSE COUNTRIES YOU WILL BE PUSHED TO THE SEA. DON’T TRY TO TAKE AWAY A COUNTRY FROM THE SINHALESE AND MAKE THEM LIKE PALESTINE. YOU PEOPLE SHOULD BE THANKFUL THAT THE MAJORITY TOLERATES YOU. YOUR PEOPLE ARE JUST AS CORRUPT. YOU KILLED YOUR OWN LEADERS — GOOD PEOPLE LIKE LAKSHMAN KADIRGAMAR. YOUR MAYORS, YOUR POLITICIANS AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO TRY TO CHASE SINHALA PEOPLE OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

    RAJAPAKSES ARE NOT PERFECT BUT ALL YOU RACIST TAMILS CAN VISIT SRI LANKA AND YOU HAVE CLAIMED BACK YOUR LAND, THE NORTH HAS BEEN REBUILT AND YOU ALL ARE SO UNGRATEFUL. THAT IS WHAT ALL OF YOU ARE – UNGRATEFULL GRABBERS WHO WANT EVERYTHING. ONE WAY STREET. YOU CREATE MORE HATRED AMONG PEOPLE BY YOUR ATTITUDES. SHUT UP AND BE THANKFUL YOU GOT FREE EDUCATION AND YOUR PEOPLE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE ALL THE BENEFITS AND STILL RUN DOWN THE COUNTRY.

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      i think something went wrong when you were conceived.you are beyond repair have to wait till you are removed to your rightful place in HELL. Till then keep spouting vile comments.

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      Outspoken Sri Lankan

      “ALL OF YOU WHO CLAIM GENOCIDE IN SRI LANKA WILL NOT BE ALIVE IF THE SINHALA BUDDHISTS ARE SO CRUEL.”

      The Sinhala/Buddhists are so cruel even the Sinhala/Buddhists are leaving the island in droves.

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      Bravo ! well said outspoken I am sure there will be plenty of space in Tamil Nadu for all the disgruntled tamils in SL.

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        sarojini

        “well said outspoken I am sure there will be plenty of space in Tamil Nadu for all the disgruntled tamils in SL.”

        I hate to agree with you.
        However, Tamilnadu also has plenty of space big enough to absorb and assimilate their long lost Sinhala/Buddhist tribes.

        They can send you ferries to fetch you and drop you in Rameshvaram. The Sinhala/Buddhists can continue their conflict with their equally stupid brethren in Tamilnadu.

        Manisekeran could help you to resettle you in his Tanjur Periya Kovil.

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          Sorry, Sinhalese belongs to Mahanadi valley, they can go and join Orissa( erstwhile Bengal province) and may help the telengana agitation as some of their kith is fighting their own brothers. They need to contact Mr, Lalu prasad yadav who is convicted for five years for fodder scam, not me seriously.

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    Lengthy discussion on semantics aside, the TNA (which is alleged by the state to be mostly LTTE in civvies)has upstaged the other mainstream parties wholesale at the PC elections. Does this mean that a)the residents of the North support the LTTE or b)the state’s official line is dubious?

    Notwithstanding the outcome in the context of realities, the chief minister-elect is perhaps one of the few credible voices as far as chief ministers generally go, isn’t he?

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      JVP were/are Sinhala terrorist. Do not conveniently forget the Sri Lankan Prime minister was murdered in September 1959 by a Sinhala terrorist who also was a Buddhist monk and supported by other Buddhist monks.

      LTTE died in 2009 and they did not contest the PC elections in the North. TNA was overwhelmingly elected to the Parliament and the provincial council. Allow the Tamil voters to fly the white or black flag and see how much open support the Tamil martyrs have in the North East.

      Tamil voters should have the right to erect any statue or fly any flag!!
      Or vote for any political party or alliance Mr. LP…. They cannot be threatened, intimidated, and harassed by the Sinhala racist, chauvinist, extremist or state terrorist who are hiding from international war crimes investigations.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice.

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      One must be naive in the extreme to have thought that the TNA would not win as well as it did. It was a foregone conclusion. As for the CM elect, he was once asking Tamil Nadu to but out of the problems of the Tamils of SL and let them sort those things themselves. Not long afterwards here was the same man threatening to ask India and other countries to intervene if the GOSL did not devolve powers to the North! They are all the same.

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    Some of the commentators instead of abusing Brian and those agree with Brian
    (1) should read the information provided here http://untreaty.un.org/cod/avl/ha/cppcg/cppcg.html and
    (2) the evidence given for the Genocide of Tamils from 1948 in Sri Lanka.
    (3) Watch the video clips https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/video-tgte-london-genocide-conference-speeches/
    (4) Read https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lanka-stop-impunity-for-genocide-and-torture/

    Then come to an informed decision.

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    Don’t forget the interview he had with Al Jazeera last – lying through his teeth on crucial matters favouring intent on genocide:
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/president-non-compos-mentis/
    http://groundviews.org/2013/09/29/the-al-jazeera-interview-with-mahinda-rajapaksa-calling-the-bluff/

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    I call it “attempted genocide” – it was partially successful.
    What is ongoing is “slow unobtrusive attempts at genocide”.

    A large part was successful during the last days of the war,
    when hundreds who were arrested on the last day of hostilities simply vanished – the arrests and loading them into buses were witnessed.

    The periodic massacres of tamil civilians from 1954 until 2001 – on record – were partial genocide.

    It is to be hoped that the army will be withdrawn from the northeast,and all citizens be allowed to live as free and equal citizens,and allowed to mind their affairs through their own elected representatives.

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    If TNA is prepared to call this Genocide, then we can blame others for not calling it Genocide. In the TNA NPC manifesto they have called it War Crime.

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    How can it be genocide when there are 2,600,000 Tamils still living in SL?

    If it were genocide SL will not have to entertain TNA racists anymore. In vain.

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    I don’t expect anyone to accept all the assertions made by Brian Senewiratne. If people, especially Sinhalese, dispute Brian’s conclusion that genocide against Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka has taken place, the best way to resolve the controversy is to have an international war crimes investigation conducted.

    For the reader’s convenience, I have itemized my thoughts.

    (1) Some Sinhalese are hurling baseless abuse at Brian. Non-Sri Lankans need to be informed that this is a somewhat common trait among some Sinhalese in Sri Lanka – that is hurling abuse or committing violence when presented with ideas or thoughts to which they are intolerent. But, within Sri Lanka’s current borders, any Sinhalese person can flaunt this trait with impunity. Those at the receiving end of arson, violence and murder are the numerically smaller groups, such as Tamils, Muslims and Christians.

    Brian has informed many of his friends, that the Sri Lanka High Commision and consulates in Australia seems to be the hidden hand which usually organizes Sinhala thugs to vandalize Brian’s home and property in Brisbane. Some violance prone Sinhalese in Australia, have issued numerous threats to Brian via the phone or e-mail. They have even obtained Brian’s workplace (surgery) phone number from his patients, and threaten him by calling that number as well. Luckily, Brian has devised many methods to avoid being inconvenienced by these phone calls.

    The reason for this primitive fury, is that Brian, a Sinhalese, and a nephew of former PM, S.W.R.D Bandaranayaike, is exposing to the international community the war crimes and genocide perpetrated on the Tamil.

    (2) Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law has written the book:

    The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka: The Global Failure to Protect Tamil Rights Under International Law

    http://www.amazon.com/Tamil-Genocide-Sri-Lanka-ebook/dp/B004XJ4YGU

    Among his long list of legal achievements, Prof. Boyle won two World Court Orders overwhelmingly in favor of Bosnia against the rump Yugoslavia to cease and desist from violating the 1948 Genocide Convention

    http://www.law.illinois.edu/faculty/profile/francisboyle

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Boyle

    (3) Bruce Fein, who specializes in constitutional and international law, was a top Justice Department official under the Ronald Reagan administration, has determined that Intent of Genocide is provable in Sri Lanka.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Fein

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?artid=28130&catid=13

    Excerpt: “Bruce Fein, former U.S. Deputy Associate Attorney General and currently counsel for the US-based group Tamils Against Genocide, addressing a select gathering of media persons and intellectuals organized by the Max Foundation in Chennai Friday, told the audience that there is enough evidence to criminally convict U.S. citizen Gotabaya Rajapakse and U.S. Green card holder Lt.Gen. Sarath Fonseka in the U.S. Federal Courts for “intent to commit Genocide” in Sri Lanka, sources from Chennai said.”

    (4) Speeches by QC Geoffrey Robertson, Dr David Matas, Prof Sornarajah and Prof Francis Boyle.

    Video: TGTE London Genocide Conference Speeches

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/video-tgte-london-genocide-conference-speeches/

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/tgte-london-genocide-conference-wants-diaspora-to-perform-peaceful-resistance-against-sri-lanka-in-the-spirit-of-gandhi/

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    The hidden agenda conceived in Colombo cannot be more than evidence
    in this write-up: Here it is –
    “[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 October 2013, 23:53 GMT]
    The occupying Colombo government has forced the Tamil divisional secretaries in Trincomalee district to comply with its genocidal land grab and Sinhalicisation schemes if they are to retain their jobs, informed civil sources in Trincomalee said. The latest victim to such pressure is the divisional secretary of Trincomalee Town and Gravets division, the sources said alleging that the divisional secretary Ms Sasithevi Jalatheepan has been instructed to identify lands without deeds and to allocate those lands to the occupying Sri Lankan military to set up new camps.

    Neither the world establishments in complicity with genocidal State in the island nor the UN officials utter any word on the land grab genocide that is taking place in an accelerated way in the North and East.” …………………………

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      I wish it is true.

      The way Tamils are grabbing land in Colombo is certainly genocide.

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    according to a Canadian tamil it is Genocite

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